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12:20 AM ET, February 20, 2008

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Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Owen Van Natta to Leave Facebook  —  One of the earliest executives at Facebook, Owen Van Natta (pictured here), will be transitioning out of the social-networking company in the next few weeks.  —  Van Natta played a key role in important negotiations related to Facebook's early lucrative ad deal …
Ryan Block / Engadget:
Top ten things to do with your now-defunct HD DVD player  —  Finally, HD DVD users now have the empirical evidence they've been looking for to prove that the universe really is conspiring against them.  We figured we'd make ourselves useful over here and give you a list of things you can do with your poor …
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Bryan Gardiner / Epicenter:
Is Apple Ready to Bust a Blu-ray Move?
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
CNET Changes Quarterbacks: Dan Farber Takes Over As Editor In Chief  —  Big news at CNET today - editor in chief Jai Singh is out, and Dan Farber, most recently the editor in chief of CNET-owned ZDNet, is taking over.  In his new role, Dan will oversee the editorial content and user experience for CNET News.
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Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Transition time at ZDNet  —  This will be my last post on Between the Lines and ZDNet for a while.  I am moving over to head up our sister CNET Networks site News.com starting today.  My talented, experienced, incisive and prolific BTL partner Larry Dignan will become Editor in Chief …
Jacqui Cheng / Ars Technica:
doubleTwist makes DRM-stripping, sharing easy as pie  —  DVD Jon is growing up.  He's no longer helping geeks free their media from DRM—he wants to make it easy enough for our parents to use, too.  Through a new venture called doubleTwist, DVD Jon (Jon Lech Johansen) and partner Monique Farantzos …
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BBC:   ‘Hacker’ launches iTunes copying
Arn / MacRumors:
‘DVD Jon’ Launches Doubletwist: Share and Sync Protected iTunes Music
Discussion: VentureBeat
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Now AT&T Is Offering An Unlimited Plan For $99  —  OK we're not even done with the Verizon flat-rate phone plans news announcement and here comes Ma Bell with its own $99-a-month unlimited offer. … By the way, this unlimited plan is for voice only.  No changes on data and SMS pricing, which still cost an arm and a leg.
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Peter Svensson / Associated Press:
3 cell carriers in price battle  —  NEW YORK - Verizon Wireless introduced an unlimited calling plan $99.99 a month on Tuesday, a move that was quickly matched by AT&T Mobility and T-Mobile USA and weighed down stock prices for all U.S. mobile carriers.  —  Verizon Wireless was apparently …
Katie Marsal / AppleInsider:
Apple taps Linkin Park to perform at “secret” NYC event  —  Apple has enlisted the services of popular alternative rock band Linkin Park to perform at an unannounced company event due to take place in New York City, AppleInsider has been informed.  —  Mike Shinoda, front-man …
Alertbox:
Top-10 Application-Design Mistakes … It's hard to write a general article about application design mistakes because the very worst mistakes are domain-specific and idiosyncratic.  Usually, applications fail because they (a) solve the wrong problem, (b) have the wrong features for the right problem …
Brad Linder / Download Squad:
Is Newspond a Techmeme killer?  —  Ever wonder what you would get if you crossed Digg with Techmeme and gave the new site a slick Web 2.0 style theme?  Yeah, neither did we, but that's a half decent description of Newspond, a news aggregation site that launched today.  —  Newspond is not a social news site like Digg.
Discussion: TechCrunch and Mashable!
DealBook:
Microsoft to Authorize Proxy Fight at Yahoo  —  In an escalation of its fight for Yahoo, Microsoft will authorize a proxy fight at the Internet company this week, people briefed on the matter told DealBook.  —  The move, expected to cost about $20 million to $30 million …
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Eric Savitz / Tech Trader Daily:
Microsoft: Bill Gates Comes To Stanford  —  Microsoft (MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates is giving a talk at Stanford University's Memorial Auditorium this afternoon.  The talk is called “On Software, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Giving Back.”  The company has already pre-announced the one official bit of news …
Discussion: Epicenter, eWeek, PR Newswire and GigaOM
James Lewin / Podcasting News:
HandBrake 0.9.2 Released  —  A new version of HandBrake - the free, open-source DVD to MPEG converter - is now available.  —  HandBrake 0.9.2 incorporates many changes, including full support for the AppleTV Take 2 and the latest iPhone/iPod Touch firmware.  —  Download it now.  —  Features for Apple fans:
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Feedburner - Kickin It Old School  —  It's always fun to get the monthly Feedburner check for advertising they insert into the RSS feed.  The actual dollar amount is still next to nothing, but I love the fact that, even with nearly 800,000 publishers, 1.4 million managed feeds …
Blake / Inside AdWords:
An update to display URL policy  —  We'd like to give you advance notice of an update to our display URL policy, which will take effect on April 1st.  While the majority of advertisers will not be affected at all, action will be required from those who are.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
SGN Starts to Look Like a “Real Company.”  Adds Jetman To Its Gaming Platform, About to Raise $10 Million  —  It was only last week that the Social Gaming Network (SGN) and Zynga announced their respective developer platforms for games on Facebook and other social networks.
Discussion: Mashable! and The Social Times
 
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Alan Krauss / New York Times:
Piggybacking on Facebook  —  CLIFFORD LERNER knew within minutes …
Greg Sandoval / CNET News.com:
New details on MySpace's music play
Discussion: Coolfer and Download Squad
Karoli / odd time signatures:
EBay Users, Take Note
Lessig Blog:
Two announcements
Nilay Patel / Engadget:
Alienware takes the Area-51 m15x lappy to Penryn town
Discussion: Business Wire and Ubergizmo
Stacey Higginbotham / GigaOM:
Ericsson Expects Mass LTE Deployment in 2012
Develop:
Rein: “$1bn? We're not that cheap”
Joe Wilcox / Microsoft Watch:
Microsoft Pulls Troubled Vista Update
 Earlier Items: 
Dawn Kawamoto / CNET News.com:
Yahoo outlines golden parachutes for employees
Scott Gu / ScottGu's Blog:
.NET 3.5 Client Product Roadmap
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
More on Retention Packages and Enhanced Severance at Yahoo
Richard MacManus / ReadWriteWeb:
Digg Gets More Mainstream; But Are Their News Sources Too Narrow Now?
Discussion: CenterNetworks
Ryan Paul / Ars Technica:
Google intoxicates Linux users with Wine improvements
Discussion: Compiler and The Open Road
Hadoop and Distributed Computing at Yahoo!:
Yahoo! Launches World's Largest Hadoop Production Application
 

 
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter.:
Reporter quits Sun-Times, cites ‘chilling effect in the newsroom’

Max Read / Gawker:
Gawker posts belated retort to Gamergate campaign targeting advertisers and partners, says thousands in revenue lost

Michael Wolff / Hollywood Reporter:
Michael Wolff on HBO, CBS Streaming: TV Is Disrupting the Internet

 
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